Rags to Riches : Delhi housemaid is not model for leading Indian designer

Rags to Riches : Delhi housemaid is not model for leading Indian designer

Remember the man and his mother who had invited their housemaid’s family for dinner to start a new tradition? In what comes as another change-maker, Indian designer Mandeep Nagi chose a house help to model for her designs.

Kamala* (name changed), housemaid in a Delhi household, caught Nagi’s attention while visiting a friend, and instantly chose Kamal as her model. “The emphasis of our new collection, Cinnamon, is on textures and I wanted someone extraordinary. She carried herself with grace and confidence,” Nagi told The Hindu.

Kamala’s photos shared on Facebook by retail merchandise Jaypore went viral and today she is the not just another housemaid in the Capital, she is the face of a brand’s fashion collection.

The mother of two was a little apprehensive about modelling in the beginning, but after Nagi took her through the process she “went through an entire range of emotions and reactions; from being taken aback to taking the first gingerly step into a world she knew nothing about.”

The model showcasing the garments is 'Kamala' (not her real name)…a domestic worker who the designer, Mandeep Nagi happened to pass by on her way back home one day.

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016

apprehensive at having her hair styled, her make-up being applied and…

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016

She was a different person. And she loved what she had become.

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016

And then she bloomed, her head lifted in pride…

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016

She tried on the clothes, hesitant and nervous at first…

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016

her clothes being adjusted…

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mandeep put the idea to her and watched as Kamala went through an entire range of emotions and reactions; from being taken aback to taking the first gingerly step into a world she knew nothing about.

Posted by Jaypore on Thursday, February 4, 2016



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